Emilio Estevez Discusses Brother Charlie Sheen's Road To Recovery

By Beth Leipholtz 04/10/19

Estevez touched on his brother's recovery in a recent interview.

Emilio Estevez

Post-HIV diagnosis, Charlie Sheen remains committed to staying sober and is doing well, according to his brother Emilio Estevez.  

In an interview with People Now, the Mighty Ducks star stated that he’d like to work with his brother in the future and implied that a new project may even be in the works. He added that Sheen was doing well with his recovery from substance use disorder, post-HIV diagnosis.

"He's great," Estevez told People. "Amazing. I mean, he's very public about where he's at right now and we're just proud of him."

Sheen first announced his HIV diagnosis on Today in 2015, stating that he had been diagnosed four years earlier. 

“It started with what I thought was a series of crushing headaches,” he said at the time. “I thought I had a brain tumor. I thought it was over.”

According to Today, Dr. Robert Huizenga, Sheen’s physician, spoke to the importance of the actor maintaining his sobriety so he could manage his diagnosis and take his medications. 

“We’re petrified about Charlie. We’re so, so anxious that if he was overly depressed, if he was abusing substance, he would forget these pills and that’s been an incredible worry,” Huizenga said. 

However, some time after his diagnosis, Sheen relapsed. Prior to his diagnosis, Sheen had been sober for 11 years. But in the aftermath, he returned to using to cope for a period of time. 

“It was to suffocate the anxiety and what my life was going to become with this condition and getting so numb I didn’t think about it,” Sheen told Dr. Oz at the time. “It was the only tool I had at the time, so I believed that would quell a lot of that angst. A lot of that fear. And it only made it worse.”

Sheen also told Dr. Oz that while using, he was “hammered, fractured, crazy,” but in recovery he remains “focused, sober, hopeful.”

Now, Sheen has found his way back to recovery. In December 2018, the actor announced on Twitter that he was celebrating one year of sobriety. 

“So, THIS happened yesterday! a fabulous moment, in my renewed journey. #TotallyFocused,” the tweet read. 

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Beth is a Minnesota girl who got sober at age 20. By day she is a website designer, and in her spare time she enjoys writing about recovery at www.lifetobecontinued.com, doing graphic design and spending time with her boyfriend and three dogs. Find Beth on LinkedInInstagram and Twitter.